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  • The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water In South Africa
    South Africa
    03 July 2020
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    The water sector has had some success in the continued roll-out of basic water and sanitation services, although dilapidated infrastructure and widespread non-payment continue to present problems. The quality of wastewater treatment has shown a marked decrease over the last four years and industry analysts suggest that the water sector is on the verge of an infrastructural crisis exacerbated by institutional ineffectiveness and under-investment. The outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown put the dire water and sanitation provision situation in townships and informal settlements under the spotlight once again.
  • The Mining of Manganese in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 June 2020
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    South Africa was the world’s largest producer and exporter of manganese ore in 2019, accounting for 30% of global production and almost 50% of global exports. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on manganese supply and demand, rapidly rising input costs, and inadequate rail infrastructure for exports are some of the challenges faced by the manganese mining sector.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Angola
    Angola
    29 June 2020
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    Agriculture provides employment for about half of the Angolan population. Most of Angola’s agricultural sector is subsistence farming that uses rudimentary techniques and little infrastructure or use of inputs such as fertiliser, while farmers have little access to finance. There are few commercial farmers, as over 90% of farm land is cultivated by smallholders. The country is highly dependent on food imports, and imported nearly half of its food in 2018. However, Angola has the natural resources to become one of Africa’s leading agricultural countries, as the diverse and fertile region is suited to a variety of crops. It also has an abundance of fresh water and arable land.
  • The Manufacture of Sugar in South Africa
    South Africa
    29 June 2020
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    South Africa is a major sugar producer on the continent. The country’s crippled economy, cheap imports, changing consumption patterns, low international sugar prices, and the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages are some of the factors that have caused the industry to decline over the past few years. According to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the local sugar industry needs to consider diversifying its products if it is to remain viable and create jobs. The government has pledged to work with sugarcane growers and millers and announced it would produce a master plan for the sector.
  • The Manufacture of Tents, Tarpaulins, Sails and Other Canvas Goods in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 June 2020
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    The manufacture of tents, tarpaulins, sails and other canvas goods is a secondary subsector of the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear sector. Relative to other manufacturing industries in this broader sector, tents, tarpaulins, sales and canvas goods manufacturing is not acutely threatened by cheap imports. In fact, South African companies dominate the South and Southern African market. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for camping tents for temporary shelters for the homeless. There has also been a rise in demand for humanitarian disaster relief tents. Companies who usually manufacture event tents and semi-permanent tented structures are quickly shifting production to meet the health system’s needs.
  • The Freight Forwarding Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 June 2020
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    The freight forwarding and customs clearance sector is a major contributor to the facilitation of trade in South Africa and it co-ordinates over 80% of South Africa’s international trade. As they are an intermediary service, freight forwarders have relatively low operating costs and charge customers based on the freight rates charged by the carrier, which in turn are based on operating costs and the value of the goods being transported.
  • Parking Management Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 June 2020
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    The market for parking management has been shrinking as major property developments are put on hold because of weak economic prospects. The parking management sector has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown as associated sectors like real estate, transport and retail have declined. Parking management service providers are struggling to collect payments from shopping centres, commercial properties and residential estates and are losing income while free access to parking areas has been allowed during the lockdown
  • Manufacture of Breakfast Cereals in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 June 2020
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    South Africa’s breakfast cereals sector is increasingly mature and competitive and dominated by a few large companies. Despite two of the largest cereal manufacturers reporting higher revenues and volume improvements, operating profits and margins are under pressure. Protracted low GDP growth and high unemployment will continue to affect the industry as low income consumers substitute cereals for lower-priced maize options, and health-conscious consumers opt for breakfasts with higher protein content. The coronavirus pandemic will add further pressure as supply chains are strained and as consumers’ incomes decline.
  • The Advertising Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    05 June 2020
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    The total revenue of South Africa’s advertising industry increased, albeit marginally, in 2019, and continued to be dominated by television and video advertising spend. Internet advertising is, however, consistently gaining ground and is expected to overtake television in the next three years. Internationally, social media is expected to account for over 15% of global spend in 2020 and online video for almost 10%. South Africa has many advertising agencies offering different services and largely owned by a handful of major international holding companies such as WPP, Omnicom and Publicis, with role players estimating that almost 80% of the industry is in foreign hands.
  • Mining of Precious Metals and Minerals In South Africa: Gold and Uranium, Platinum and Diamonds
    South Africa
    01 June 2020
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    South Africa has significant gold reserves, more than 90% of the world’s platinum reserves and a long history of mining. Increasing rand gold and platinum prices are positive for the precious metals sector. Yet the industry faces numerous challenges including the increasing depth of mines, declines in productivity, ageing infrastructure, declining grades and skills shortages. Gold, uranium, platinum and diamond producers face disruptions to the supply of, and markets for, their commodities due to coronavirus, increasing costs and electricity supply problems.
  • The Tea and Coffee Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    25 May 2020
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    South Africa is a net importer of tea and coffee and its tea production is in decline. The herbal tea sector, which includes rooibos, green tea and fruit/herbal tea, is growing due to growing interest in health and wellness. The increasing global demand for rooibos has seen exports increase from 6,000 tons in 2016 to 7,693 tons in 2019. Coffee consumption continues to increase, and the growing coffee culture has seen many entrepreneurs enter the sector. But the coronavirus pandemic has caused devastation for coffee shops and restaurants that are battling to survive as the country remains in lockdown.
  • Renting of Construction Equipment With or Without Operator In South Africa
    South Africa
    20 May 2020
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    The rental of construction equipment, also known as the plant hire industry, includes a handful of relatively large plant hire companies, and many more small players. Plant hire, like the wider equipment sector, is under increasing pressure due to economic headwinds and the ongoing decline in the construction sector. While equipment rental has proven more resilient than direct sales, and is enjoying relatively stable demand from mining contractors, plant hire companies are waiting on an economic recovery and an improvement in state and private sector infrastructure spending. The fragile situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and consequent economic lockdown, which represent a potentially significant longer-term threat to companies, employment, and activity in the construction sector.
  • The Print & Digital Publishing Media Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    19 May 2020
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    The evolution of major media publishers into multi-platform companies has resulted in the blurring of traditional publishing lines. Despite the growth of digital media, digital income streams have not adequately offset the decline in print revenues. Additionally, media companies are facing increased competition for adspend from social media platforms, search engines and websites. Although the circulation figures of most newspaper and magazine titles are in free-fall, research indicates that demand for reliable information and quality content has surged since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Real Estate Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    14 May 2020
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    The real estate sector’s performance largely depends on economic drivers and has been challenged by slow economic growth during the past few years. The number of companies listed in the JSE’s real estate sectors increased since 2017, but their market capitalisation declined by 64.4% between 2017 and November 2019 as South Africa moved into recession. Between November 2019 and April 2020, property share prices lost 34.2% as the outbreak of the coronavirus severely impacted global and local markets.
  • Funeral Services and Related Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 May 2020
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    South Africa’s high mortality rate and the importance of funerals to the majority of the population have given rise to a large and highly lucrative funeral services industry. The funeral industry includes funeral undertakers and mortuaries, cemeteries and crematoriums, manufacturers of funeral products, transporters of human remains, suppliers of funeral goods, embalmers, and funeral directors. The leading mainstream players include Avbob, Doves and franchisors Martin’s Funerals and the Mosaic Funeral Group. However, the bulk of the industry is made up of small businesses operating informally and serving very local markets.
  • The Mining Sector in Botswana
    Botswana
    07 May 2020
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    Mining is significant contributor to Botswana’s GDP, and minerals comprise almost 80% of export earnings. In 2018, Botswana was the world’s second largest diamond producer by value and volume, after Russia, according to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The country has large soda ash, coal and diamond reserves. Botswana’s mining sector is dominated by diamond mining, with Debswana Diamond Company being the largest producer by far. Other minerals produced are aggregate, brickmaking clay, coal, dimension stone, gemstones, gold, salt and soda ash.
  • Travel and Tourism: Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Related Services
    South Africa
    04 May 2020
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    The travel and tourism sector is a labour-intensive industry that has been identified by government as a key driver for South Africa’s economic and social development. Government wants to double international tourist arrivals by 2030. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in global and domestic restrictions on travel, and the travel and tourism sector is expected to be severely affected.
  • The Car Rental Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    24 April 2020
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    South Africa’s car rental industry experienced zero growth in 2018 and marginal nominal growth in 2019. While the weak economy caused rental volumes in the corporate, government, local leisure and insurance replacement subsectors to contract in 2019, declining international and domestic tourism numbers placed even further pressure on the stagnating industry. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in South Africa from 26 March 2020 for all non-essential businesses has forced car rental companies to cancel all bookings. The lockdown and travel ban is expected to seriously affect car rental companies, which waived cancellation fees or issued rental vouchers for cancelled bookings, and closed their doors.
  • Security Dealing Activities in South Africa
    South Africa
    23 April 2020
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    South Africa’s security dealing sector is well established and large multinational companies and the large banks are active in the sector. The first months of 2020 were a busy time for stockbroking firms as the JSE’s all share index dropped sharply in March in line with a global sell-off of shares in reaction to measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Challenging macro-economic conditions compounded by rising labour and compliance costs continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the security dealing sector. Several multinational stockbrokers closed or downscaled their local trading and equity research businesses in 2018 and 2019.
  • Manufacture of Electric Lamps and Lighting Equipment
    South Africa
    21 April 2020
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    Sales in the electric lamp and lighting equipment industry have been in decline mainly due to lack of economic growth and infrastructure spending and reduced demand from Eskom as a result of its financial problems. Electricity costs have tripled in the past decade and compact fluorescent lamps have in recent years played a key role in energy efficiency campaigns.

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